Riders mourn champion?s sudden death Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:50
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The champion Anglo Arab mare, Ilizwe Silken Ribbons, died on 21 January. Mooikloof owner Sheleph Burger is devastated by the sudden loss due to strangulating lipoma; when benign tumours of fat strangles off a portion of the intestine.

Sheleph Burger’s horse, Ilizwe Silken Ribbons, died on 21 January

Sheleph became the owner of this beautiful bay mare on 4 February 2002. “When I saw her delicate features and gentle doe-like eyes for the first time, it was love at first sight. I immediately knew that she just had to be mine,” Sheleph said about the horse she nicknamed Bambi. “She had a heart of pure gold and the most amazing character and attitude.”

This horse had won many trophies in her showing and dressage career, including securing champion and reserve champion awards on several occasions. She was bred from Vayntas Dahlai X Cut to Ribbons and was born on 1 September 1995 at the Ilizwe Stud of Jackie and Mits Morford in Ixopo,Natal.

Phillip Moruane, Ilizwe Silken Ribbons’ groom, came first in the 2012 Horse of the year
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Bambi performed her first ever showing show in March 2002 and became a legend, which will live on through the various showing, dressage and championship trophies that are named after her.

“I would like to acknowledge all the various riders and exhibitors who worked with her and built up a special relationship with her,” Sheleph said.

Cecilia Michaletos is one of the riders who bid a sad farewell to “the prettiest Bambi eyes to grace the dressage and show ring. Thank you for always trying your heart out my little Arab power pony. We made history together and your soft nicker will always be heard in our hearts as we walk past your stable with an apple. We have shared so much together and taught one another many life lessons.”

Sheleph said that she would especially like to acknowledge Phillip Moruane for his loving care and being the best groom Bambi could ever have had.

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